Harikiri, Mayrhofen, Austria

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The Ride: The steepest groomed slope in the world, Harikiri (named for the Japanese suicide ritual) plunges some 1,300 feet at a treacherous 38-degree pitch. The slope’s snow machines are anchored by steel cables to keep them from hurtling down the mountain—but you won’t have that option. Fall here, and you may well keep falling…and falling.

Insider Trivia: Most avalanche experts around the world agree that 38 degrees is the “magic slope” at which most snow slides start. It’s also about the same as an Olympic ski-jump off-ramp.

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World's Scariest Ski Slopes

Harikiri, Mayrhofen, Austria

The Ride: The steepest groomed slope in the world, Harikiri (named for the Japanese suicide ritual) plunges some 1,300 feet at a treacherous 38-degree pitch. The slope’s snow machines are anchored by steel cables to keep them from hurtling down the mountain—but you won’t have that option. Fall here, and you may well keep falling…and falling.

Insider Trivia: Most avalanche experts around the world agree that 38 degrees is the “magic slope” at which most snow slides start. It’s also about the same as an Olympic ski-jump off-ramp.

See our ultimate ski guide.

World's Scariest Ski Slopes

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